Oct. 2, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowgirl Volleyball Team (9-9 overall, 0-4 in the Mountain West Conference) fell in three sets (24-26, 15-25, 25-27) against the Colorado State Rams (12-3 overall, 3-0 in the MWC), on Friday night in Laramie.
"Colorado State is a great team," said UW head coach Carrie Yerty. "I think our players were ready to play and competed. We had opportunities in two of the sets, but we just couldn't put it away. The players gave a great effort and I'm pleased how aggressive they were. Dani (Bedore) had a nice match. We just have to keep getting better and working on staying composed."
Two Cowgirls finished the night with double-digits led by Dani Bedore. She recorded 11 kills, ten digs and five block assists. Jodi Purdy followed with 11 kills, while Lauren Whitney added eight. Jessica Kagarise and Jadranka Tramosljanin each finished with a team high 12 digs. Wyoming hit .167 (39-20-114) for the match and had seven total blocks.
Danielle Minch led the way for the Rams with 15 kills, six digs and two block assists. She was followed by Megan Plourde with nine kills and six blocks. CSU hit .252 (45-16-115) for the match.
The Cowgirls took a 7-5 lead to begin the match, which they extended to five, 11-6. CSU would answer with a 5-1 run to pull within one, 12-11. Wyoming would score the next five of six to make it 17-12. The Rams chipped away at the lead and eventually tied it up at 22 all. Wyoming scored the next two points to earn set point, unfortunately the Rams scored the final four points win the set 26-24.
In the second set, Wyoming took a small 4-2 lead but CSU scored seven straight points to go up five, 9-4. The Cowgirls would try and close the gap with a 4-2 run to pull within three, 11-8. Unfortunately, The Rams ran off another five points to extend the lead to eight, 16-8. With the score 19-10 in favor of the Rams, Wyoming made one final push but their comeback would fall short. Colorado State won the set 25-15 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Rams took an early 3-1 lead in the third set, but the Cowgirls went on an 8-1 run to take the lead 9-4. CSU would close the gap by scoring six of nine to make it 12-10 and eventually tied it up at 14. Over the next several points, the scoring went back and forth until Wyoming went up 20-18. The Rams stormed back with a 6-2 run to gain set point, 24-22. The Cowgirls battled back to tie it up at 25 all, but they would fall short 27-25 in the set and 3-0 in the match.
The Cowgirls will head back out on the road next week for a couple of MWC matches. They will take on the Air Force Academy Falcons, on Thursday, Oct. 8, and the San Diego State Aztecs, on Saturday, Oct. 10. The match against the Falcons is set for 7:30 p.m. on The Mtn. Sports Network, while the SDSU match will begin at 2 p.m. MT.